From Harrods to the high street (and everywhere in between), London may just be home to the best shopping across the pond. Don't forget to leave plenty of room in your suitcase!
I always get compliments on anything I wear from Bimba & Lola, a Spanish label that’s new to the U.K. Shop here for bright, colorful separates and really cute, not-too-expensive bags. – By Justine Fairgrieve, CEO of RelativeMO
The playfully opulent interior (lamps made from bowler hats, neon furniture) at this shop run by a pair of Russian sisters plays second svirel to the way-glam shoes and accessories. Find dramatic sunglasses, Swarovski-studded Ugg boots, and Ruthie Davis stilettos fit for a night at the nearby raunchy cabaret nightclub that share's the store's name.
Boxpark is the world’s first pop-up mall. Made out of old shipping containers, each “box” is its own little self-contained store, gallery or café. I go to the Marimekko shop for its cups and tea towels. - By Justine Fairgrieve, CEO of RelativeMO
2-4 Bethnal Green Rd., 44-207-033-2899, boxpark.co.uk
It’s not surprising that the daughter of a model designs teetering heels. But Charlotte Dellal’s (Olympia is her middle name) saucy six-inch versions are shockingly comfortable, and even her espadrilles and flats capture her irresistibly quirky-cool take on ’40s glamour.
H&M’s sister label, Collection of Style, excels at chic, Jil Sander–meets-Marni basics at High Street prices, which makes this a great place for workwear that’s cool but not too-cool-for-corporate. The dressing rooms are fantastic: spacious, with a 360-degree-mirror setup and soft, flattering light.
Everything here is a play on scale, materials and form—the store’s essentially a rec room for accessories- and interiors-loving grown-ups. Authentic African design pieces sit alongside the house label, inspired by the Dutch de Stijl movement (think Piet Mondrian).
Find a sublime edit of pared-down, sharply cut offerings from small European labels like Sessùn, Acne, Humanoid and Won Hundred. Folk’s own line of ankle boots and pretty platform sandals should satisfy any Rachel Comey shoe lover.
Once you find this stall (fourth door on the right down an alley, very back of the basement floor), you’ll feel like you’ve struck gold—and you have. There are vintage Lacroix earrings, Dior brooches and piles of English art deco and midcentury sparklers, much of them under £100. Tip: Pay cash and she’ll likely knock off a few quid.
The only place for great customer service in London is Harrods. Yes, it’s touristy, but its staff is perfection at walking you through a challenging purchase, like buying jeans or bras. Plus, they carry every designer in the world. – By Justine Fairgrieve, CEO of RelativeMO
87-135 Brompton Rd., 44-207-730-1234, harrods.com
The most revolutionary store in London, LN-CC, is in a very run-down area, but it’s worth the trip. The interiors look like the Millennium Falcon’s from Star Wars—that is, if it were full of art books and clothes from Haider Ackermann and Toga. You have to make an appointment to get in, but you won’t feel pressured to buy. - By Justine Fairgrieve, CEO of Fashion PR
18 Shacklewell Lane, 44-207-275-7265, ln-cc.com
While the astounding selection of affordable French Regency furniture and ornate trinketry at this café-cum-shop may have you wishing for a bigger suitcase, don't be too dismayed: the necklaces, or an embroidered purse, will definitely fit in your carry-on.
It’s fun to people-watch at the Rose Bakery. Located on the top floor of the Dover Street Market (the cutting-edge retail store), it’s full of fashion-industry types who come for the casual atmosphere, delicious carrot-and-ginger juice and healthy specials. – By Justine Fairgrieve, CEO of RelativeMO
Nick Knight's unassailably cool fashion website comes to life in the company's new Belgravia HQ, where the first floor plays host to a rotating array of curated gallery shows. Think: Daphne Guinness' collection of custom Gareth Pugh, full-body bondage gear by Una Burke and bespoke Shaun Leane baubles, alongside a killer array of coffee table tomes.
This global flagship has, hands down, the absolute best of the brand. It’s also loud, crowded and crazy. Here’s our guide to getting the goods without losing your mind.
Even my most conservative friends can’t resist a manicure at WAH Nails—there are about 60 different designs to choose from! I recently got a psychedelic daisy mani to match my Erdem skirt. – By Justine Fairgrieve, CEO of RelativeMO